(MINNEAPOLIS) – Teamsters Local 120 warehouse members who work at Supervalu’s distribution facility in Hopkins, Minn., voted by an overwhelming 8 to 1 margin today to ratify a three-year contract. The 723 warehouse workers will see improved wages and working conditions, among other gains.
“This is a good contract. We did what we needed to do as a committee, developed a strategy with the International Union and our Local 120, and it worked out great,” said Mike Irrgang, a 23-year Supervalu employee, chief shop steward and 42-year Teamster.
“The members made this happen. It was all about them showing unity, sticking together and staying focused on getting a good contract,” said Tom Erickson, President of Local 120. “Kudos to the International Union for their assistance and to the members for their solidarity.”
“Congratulations to Local 120 and the committee for their hard work in reaching a strong agreement,” said Steve Vairma, Director of the Teamsters Warehouse Division.
The contract includes wage increases in every year of the agreement, protection of benefits and improved scheduling procedures. The agreement will also lead to new full-time jobs.
The tentative agreement was reached after extensive negotiation sessions. On Friday, May 29, Supervalu workers voted 468-0 to authorize a strike. A work stoppage could have impacted dozens of Supervalu retail locations and hundreds of grocery distribution clients.
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